Assistant Professor Aircraft Technology and Design

Assistant Professor Aircraft Technology and Design

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8 Feb 22 Mar Delft

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Challenge: Designing future-proof aircraft.Change: Researching the effects of radically different technologies on the aviation system.Impact: Driving ecologically and economically sustainable aviation.

Job description

New design solutions and subsystem technologies are crucial to delivering step changes in aircraft performance. Which is why TU Delft takes the lead in designing new aircraft configurations, like the Flying-V, and researching the application of technologies such as drag reduction and waste-heat recovery. As Assistant Professor in Aircraft Technology and Design you will help drive the sustainability of aviation, taking a holistic approach to original research and its application in aircraft.

In this tenure-track role, you will develop your vision and your own research line. You will plan and conduct research, building your team of PhD students whom you’ll supervise to completion. To realise your research, you will apply for funding from the Dutch Research Council and EU initiatives such as Clean Aviation and Horizon Europe. And you will seek collaboration with industrial partners, including leading airlines and manufacturers. As part of your role, you will also teach and coach our Bachelor and Master students, giving aircraft design lectures, assisting with the Design-Synthesis Exercise and providing thesis coaching. And you will disseminate your knowledge by publishing and speaking at conferences.

You will join the internationally diverse Flight Performance and Propulsion (FPP) section. Our forty-strong team of academic and support staff, lab technicians, PhD students and postdocs share a passion for aircraft technology. Fostering a non-hierarchical, supportive and friendly culture, we welcome your ideas and initiatives. And you will get all the coaching you need to evolve and develop your academic career. Your research is interdisciplinary by nature, embracing disciplines ranging from aerodynamics, construction and propulsion to control, climate impact and even industrial design. This is why you will work closely with academics across the Faculty and the University, as well as experts from, for instance, the Netherlands Aerospace Centre and its German counterpart DLR.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You share our keen interest in aircraft and aircraft design history, as lessons from the past may well steer us in the right direction. You also harness your creativity to find solutions to engineering or design problems, which you can demonstrate by previous research and publications. Thriving on interdisciplinary research, you leverage your communication skills to inspire and convince colleagues and external stakeholders of your research proposals and approach. And you enjoy teamwork dedicated to achieving meaningful results. As you’ll be contributing to world-class education, you are committed to teaching and mentoring students, while growing your own competencies.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience in Aircraft Design or Aircraft Technology Assessment and knowledge of the industrial aircraft design process.
  • Experience of lecturing and assisting larger groups of students.
  • An in-depth understanding of simulation software, including its limitations.
  • A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community and with international partners. And as you’ll be working with Dutch-speaking partners too, you also speak Dutch, or are willing to learn the language.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (between gross € 3.974,00 - € 5.439,00 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond. 

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03471


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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